Lascaris, Dimitri

2020 Jun 12 - 7:46pm
Yesterday, at the General Dynamics plant in London, Ontario, I joined with Amnesty International and dozens of human rights activists to condemn the Trudeau government’s sale of weaponized personnel carriers to the brutal Saudi autocracy. As I explained in my speech, the Green Party of Canada has long opposed the sale of these weapons to Saudi Arabia. In the 1970s, with the help of Pierre Trudeau’s government, this plant was converted from...
Tags: Canadian Politics, Green Party of Canada Leadership Race, Human Rights
2020 Jun 9 - 8:47pm
I’m honoured to the have endorsement of Roger Waters in the Green Party of Canada’s Leadership race. Roger is not only an extraordinary musician, he is also admired around the world as a champion of human rights and social justice.
Tags: Green Party of Canada Leadership Race
2020 Jun 3 - 10:03am
This morning, I learned that my application to participate in the Green Party of Canada leadership race has been accepted following a successful appeal from a decision of a vetting committee. My campaign team and I are overjoyed at this opportunity to fight for the values we hold dear: social and environmental justice, diversity, non-violence, and participatory democracy. We’re excited to be part of a diverse and dynamic field of candidates, and...
Tags: Uncategorized
2020 May 29 - 2:44am
The Green Party of Canada’s vetting committee has accepted my request to disclose the identities of its members and their reasons for not approving my leadership application. My team and I have reviewed the reasons and they do not constitute a reasonable basis for disqualifying me. We are confident party members would agree, and we are convinced that no valid basis exists to disqualify me from this race. Therefore, my appeal will proceed...
Tags: Canadian Politics, Green Party of Canada Leadership Race
2020 May 27 - 7:00am
Today, I received word that my application to run in the Green Party of Canada leadership race has not been accepted. I have asked the party’s anonymous vetting committee to explain its reason for not accepting my application. I have appealed this decision. The appeal process will take seven days. This is but one more challenge on our long journey toward environmental and social justice. Please stay tuned. Peace and solidarity, Dimitri
Tags: Canadian Politics, Green Party of Canada Leadership Race
2020 May 14 - 12:44am
In this week’s episode of Dimitri Live, I and my co-hosts Lia Tarachansky, Wendy Goldsmith and Atul Bahl discussed how we can build a more caring society as we emerge from the pandemic. We talked in particular about the need for a national mental healthcare strategy and the strengthening of our healthcare system. For example, Canada ranks 51st in the world in the number of doctors per capita (behind Ukraine, Mongolia and Kuwait). Cuba, by...
Tags: Canadian Politics, Green Party of Canada Leadership Race
2020 May 13 - 12:25am
Last month, in a letter to the Hill Times, I responded to an op-ed by Phil Gurski, a former senior strategic analyst with Canada’s spy agency (CSIS), in which Mr. Gurski raised the spectre of potential violence by environmental activists. After the Hill Times published my letter, Mr. Gurski kindly invited me onto his weekly program to debate national security, the threat posed by the fossil fuels industry and terrorism. In our debate,...
Tags: Canadian Politics, climate change, Human Rights, Middle East, National Security
2020 May 7 - 8:21pm
In the latest episode of Dimitri Live, Wendy Goldsmith and I spoke to domestic violence expert Maureen Reid about the ways in which we can provide vital support to victims of domestic violence during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Tags: covid-19
2020 May 4 - 7:25pm
On May Day 2020, I participated in a Webinar on the COVID-19 crisis. As I explained, now more than ever we need international solidarity, but if anything, the world’s major powers seem to be inclining toward a more warlike posture. The title of my presentation, which can be seen here, was “War in the time of Coronavirus”:  
Tags: Canadian Politics, covid-19, Green Party of Canada Leadership Race
2020 Apr 29 - 7:28am
To date, on a per capita basis, Canada and the United States have suffered far more COVID19-related deaths than Cuba. This week on Dimitri Live, I asked Cuba-based, British journalist Ed Augustin to explain how Cuba has managed to control the virus despite punishing U.S. sanctions. As Ed explains, an important part of the reason for Cuba’s ability to limit the loss of life is that Cuba has a far higher proportion of doctors, and its...
Tags: Canadian Politics, Green Party of Canada Leadership Race, Human Rights
2020 Apr 25 - 7:30am
Green Party of Canada member Victoria Galea is conducting a series of interviews of the candidates for the leadership of the Green Party of Canada. In her 5th episode, Victoria and I discussed a broad range of issues, including inequality, workers’ rights, diversity and Canadian foreign policy. As I explained, my vision for growing the party is that it become a big tent for the millions of Canadians who are progressive but who feel that...
Tags: Canadian Politics, Green Party of Canada Leadership Race
2020 Apr 24 - 2:01am
I spoke this week with Chris Cook of Gorilla Radio (CFUV 101.9 FM in Victoria, B.C.) about the Green Party of Canada’s leadership race and the COVID-19 crisis. As I explained to Chris, if Canada’s government were truly committed to the principles of equality and sustainability, it would have taken decisive steps to resolve homelessness, poverty and the climate emergency long ago, and it would not have waited for an unprecedented...
Tags: Canadian Politics, covid-19, Green Party of Canada Leadership Race

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